Detroit’s local economy is making an impressive recovery thanks to thousands of millennials and entrepreneurs bringing business back to the region. While the city’s music scene continues to flourish more than a century in the making (think Motown, Techno, and Hip Hop), much of its cultural core had been gutted before officials filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2013. Following years of political greed, debt, and recession, the infamous city loyalists are finally seeing the fruits of their labor — figuratively and literally. The city’s burgeoning food milieu only serves to attract more foodies. Affordable startup costs and low rent foster safe business environments for natives and tourists alike. The suburbs are benefiting too. Metro Detroit’s food industry is alive and well, and many local chefs are fashioning Detroit-style dishes, notably deep-dish pizza. Whether you’re on the prowl for a genuine experience, or a proper mimosa, check out these new, locally owned eateries from breakfast to dessert. Don’t forget to appreciate some local art while you’re at it.
Pop’s For Italian
Must-Try: Breakfast Pizza
Pop’s socially conscious approach to lunch and dinner makes it an inviting choice for friendly games of catch-up. Inspired by big family meals, the large tables and expansive menu options are refreshing. Pop’s is a family-owned restaurant with rustic decor and warm staff members. The menu includes Neapolitan pizza, pastas, meats, and wines. The restaurant’s owners boast about taking the “snootiness” out of wine with their 32-bottle Wine Preservation system, easing the burden on amateur wine drinkers. At the heart of Pop’s is a fully stocked wine bar with the possibility of a Sunday afternoon mimosa with friends. Stop by for a new-age aesthetic with and old-world hospitality.
Must-Try: Lavender Latte
Sightseeing in Detroit’s metropolis is an exhausting measure given its 1,300 square miles of museums, recreation, restaurants, and architecture. While you’re out, grab a double shot of espresso from Atomic Coffee, a Royal Oak-based cafe featuring a variety of specially-brewed beverages. Its cozy, well-lit dining room is a temporary home to active college students studying between classes. If you’re going this winter, you’ll be grateful for its charming atmosphere — and fireplace.
Four locations throughout Detroit
Must:Try: Green #1
Drought is owned by four Detroit sisters who believe in the power of juicing. Drought juice is made from organic, raw ingredients and contains no preservatives, meaning it must be consumed within three days. Each location has a collection of original recipes that are meant to cleanse and replenish. Drought’s minimalistic storefront makes shopping easy and fun, with nothing but a few shelves and coolers in the entire establishment. The juice is on the pricier side at $11 for 16 oz, but the trendy reusable glass bottles are almost worth the price.
11 locations throughout metro Detroit
Buddy’s introduced the Detroit‘s Original Sicilian Style Square Pizza in 1946, a style that even New Yorkers now take for granted. Since then, one of Detroit’s oldest and most beloved pizza institutions has grown substantially, offering a diverse menu to please anyone. Buddy’s flakey, buttery deep-dish crust will satiate an appetite of any size.
Must-Try: Red Velvet Macaroon
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to Brownie Gourmet, a local pastry and dessert shop offering a number of all-natural brownie recipes and flavors. Flavors include Salted Caramel, S’Mores, Chocolate Chip Walnut, and Peanut Butter Cup. Other desserts include ice cream and macaroons. Share a warm classic recipe with a friend, or keep one for yourself after a long day of traveling.